Fantôme Artist: Gaelle Boulanger | Brasserie Fantôme

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Fantôme Artist: Gaelle BoulangerFantôme Artist: Gaelle Boulanger

Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by BEERchitect on 04-14-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

artist series 1 i think. this is approaching ancient now, and some in our group didnt much care for it, but like all beer from fantome, its a love it or hate it situation, and i am firmly with the former on this one, its so good, different, and real well done. i disagree with those who rated it poorly for this reason... we all dislike a generic saison, you know, the upstart local craft guy who makes a mostly belgian tasting clean wheaty thing that is labeled saison, we rail on those for being samey and safe. its not fair that we then turn around and face a beer like this, so wild, yeast driven, foreign, and complete, and call it weird, odd, or off, and write it into history as average or something because its unconventional. its a have and cake and eat it situation, and i really think this is the type of saison we should be exalting, not shaming. is it a little oxidized? maybe. is it different that what we normally see? oh yeah. but those are points to be celebrated, not shunned. to me, and assuredly to some others, like it or not, this thing is peppery, intensely yeast forward, with notes of plantain, pink peppercorn, grapefruit peel, even green olive and brine, but perfectly unique, grainy too with some toast, wheaty rawness, and starchy body, its big but creamy too, some slight tang, funk from maturity not intention, and happily high carbonated with a finishing fullness, not real dry, but not sweet either. so much happening with the yeast, its classic fantome in the sense that its weird but consistent with some of their others, i live for this kind of saison, haters be damned! drinking in what seems like its prime right now (mid 2017)! 23 bucks or so is a bit much, bit for 15, i would buy this regularly if it were available...

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Photo of acurtis
3.36/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.87/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

750 mL bottle. Pours with a ridiculous head. Deep amber body. Smells of black pepper, light green pepper, toasty malt profile. Tastes very bready, black pepper again. Kinda slick and fruity. High carbonation. Very blah.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Brad for sharing. Most of the beer exploded, though ready vessels were awaiting. Murky orange body with a thni white collar. Herbal, aromas. Light medium body. Green veges, subtle onion, hints of tomato. Fantôme.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.84/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

BOTTLE: Best before end 2018. Swingtop with a paper ribbon strip over the cap. (NOTE: This is one of the only Fantome swingtop bottles I've ever seen). Imported by the Shelton Bastards. Purchased at the Barcelona BierCaB shop. Brown glass (finally, Fantome!). No size is indicated on the label, but it appears to be 750ml.

8% ABV.

Served chilled into a tulip and allowed to come to temperature over the course of consumption. Reviewed live as a saison in absence of any designations on the label (and given that Fantome's usual output is the saison style).

SWEET MOTHER OF FUCK THIS IS A GUSHER! I've never seen such an egregious explosion of liquid from a bottle before. Easily 80% of the beer was lost upon popping the fliptop; I intend to write Fantome for my money back - which is something I've never done for a beer in my life. Insane. We ended up having to clean a wall, floor, desk and ceiling because of the champagne-on-steroids blast of beer that resulted after popping this swingtop. BEWARE.

HEAD: Surprisingly, overcarbonated as it definitely is upon opening, no head forms upon pouring.

BODY: Murky turbid brown with plenty of yeast particulate plainly visible.

Looks alive, but not amazing for a saison.

AROMA: Caramel. Minerals. White pepper. Faint funkiness. Slightly spicy estery Belgian yeast. Red apple (but no cidery notes). Apple skin.

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE: Metallic. Mildly funky. White pepper. Coriander. Caramel. Spicy yeast. Doughiness.

Simple, but balanced I guess.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, Unrefreshing, medium-bodied. Overcarbonated.

OVERALL: It was hard to get past the disappointment in seeing 80% of this bottle explode on my friends' wall (and end up ruining my laptop's keyboard), but it's not a bad brew. Certainly well below par by Fantome standards.

C (2.84) / AVERAGE

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Photo of DeutschesBier
4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definite gusher. Lost half the bottle. Muddy orange-gold color (due to said gushing). Smell and taste reminds me of the recent batch of Printemps. Sage and other spice. Slight fruit and tartness. No rubber or plastic phenols at all. Really liked this. Wish I had a full bottle!

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Photo of zeff80
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fabianno
3.89/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SweetChicken
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NateF90
4.11/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WynnO
3.31/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SackBlabbath
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of iatethecloudsfor
3.44/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of EuphonicHops
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of atrocity
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jaymo18
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Aroma of white pepper, orange peel, other spices, stone fruit. Taste citrus fruit, spices, orange peel, yeast. Different!

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Photo of madtowndmb1
1.44/5  rDev -60.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This gusher had the rare flavor profile of paint thinner aged on ashes of burned down car factories. A flavor I thought I'd never taste

I wouldn't give this beer to my worst enemy.

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Photo of SadMachine
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mattias
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of TheBeerTruck
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.46/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml swing top bottle poured into my snifter. Purchased in Vermont over the summer

A- Body is a dark, hazy, amber hue. Pours with a 3-4 finger foamy rusty white head that eventually fades to 1 finger and leaves lacing all the way down the glass. Translucency is relatively uniform and very hazy.

S- Nose is quite complex. A lot of citrus and floral hops, barnyard funk, a hint of tartness, caramel, bready yeast, peppery spice. There is a lot going on in the nose-but like any classy Belgian it is somewhat soft and balanced.

T- Flavor is a lot like the nose-very complex, yet soft and well balanced. Upfront is a lot of citrus flavor with a lot of floral hop overtones, peppery spice, a hint of caramel, a hint of funk, a slightly metallic flavor,and a solid bready yeast backbone. It is slightly tart, slightly spicy, slightly sweet. The finish adds the bitterness with a much more intense floral hop presence some more peppery spice, a hint of funk, and a hint of tartness. The fruit and caramel flavors fade and the classic fantome saison characters really come through for this finish. Left to linger is a mild to moderate floral hop bitterness, a hint of funk, a lot of spice, some tartness, and a nice bready yeast.

F- Moderate carbonation, medium weight body. Consistency is slightly juicy and big and bready. A balance of smooth and dry.

O- Overall this is a great beer. I love Fantome and I love Saisons. This is a very complex, Belgian IPA-like saison. Its very unique and unlike any other beer I have tried. I was a little concerned when I saw the 3.64 Avg on this one-but I am okay with being well above the rdev.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of BMMillsy
2.93/5  rDev -18.8%

Flip top 750 from Tipples. She's a gusher. Consider me not shocked, and this will be my very last Fantome adventure. What a joke. What's left I my beer pours to my glass with 1/2 cm of beer and 6 inches of off white to yellowish head. What I can see of the actual beer part is murky deep orange. Dry funky farmhouse yeast aroma, some spices, light apples, not a lot here. Flavor is dry fruits, lots of spice in the throat, long sweet finish of pears and other sweet fruits. Some other weird stuff. Medium bodied with medium plus carbonation, prickly on the tongue. These guys are pretty disappointing again and again. I can honestly say I won't be buying another Fantome. This was a waste of $23.

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Photo of CowsandBeer
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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Fantôme Artist: Gaelle Boulanger from Brasserie Fantôme
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 60 ratings